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What is your specialty in multimedia?
Student film maker. Basically, making something from nothing.
Do you have a website or blog where we can see something of your work?
Yes I do. http://www.youtube.com/user/adamkeithbest
What has been your career path? How have you arrived to the point where you are? What did you do before?
I ended up here by sheer accident. More luck than anything else.
What types of clients do you have? How do they find you?
I have had a few offers from friends in bands to make music videos for them - mostly word of mouth.
How did your interest in multimedia technology begin?
I started by helping a friend out on a Star Trek Fan series (Star Trek Unity, all on YouTube). From there, I guess it all carried on naturally.
Please provide a brief description of the hardware and software you currently use most.
For shooting - DV based camera, preferably HD though SD is fine. For editing, Adobe Premiere.
What parts of your work are the ones you enjoy most and least?
The most: Formulating the idea, getting a script on paper. The least: The constant caffeine runs during editing -_-
Technology and art - a collison of the left and right brain?
It really depends.
Do you usually keep an eye on the work of your competition and analyze how they have done things?
Oh god yes. I am constantly learning new tricks and tips of the trade from others, as well as my own filmmaking experiences.
How do you learn new techniques? Manuals? Tutorials? Trial and error?
A mixture of all three
What new technologies are you experimenting with now?
HD mainly
What technology or phenomenon do you believe will revolutionize the sector in the next few years?
Supposed "Super HD"
Does it irk you when something new makes what you've already learned obsolete?
You spend many hours in front of screens and in dark rooms. How do you compensate for that on a personal level?
I am a semi-decent Street Fighter IV player, So to compensate I will play some casual matches with friends to mash the stress out.
If you have to hire an assistant, what qualifications and qualities do you look for when making your choice?
Usually It's previous accomplices or friends, Preferably those who I know I can put some trust in and are familiar with the equipment. And will also work for food.
What types of professionals are you used to collaborating with, sharing experiences with, or forming a team with?
Screenwriters, directors, cinematographers and asshats
What professional publications or portals do you follow regularly?
IMDB mainly, though I also follow a lot of news sources on twitter and get most breaking news from there first.
What advice would you give those who want to break into this profession?
Be patient, and be prepared to be out of pocket regularly.

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